Ophthalmic Dispensing* at Bradford College - UCAS

Ophthalmic Dispensing*

Bradford College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Bolton

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Course summary

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If you are entering the field of Ophthalmic Dispensing and want a higher qualification, this course is tailor-made for you. By successfully taking external examinations, you can achieve the Fellowship of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians. In addition to dispensing spectacles, you will be able to fit and supply low visual sharpness aids and carry out clinical measurements under the supervision of an optometrist. Your future role as a Dispensing Optician often includes a wide variety of management issues, as well as the supply of optical aids. We will familiarise you with the business environment, and encourage an understanding of practice management theory and legislation concerning consumer law. This course covers all parts of the ABDO syllabus, delivers the core competencies of the General Optical Council and will prepare you to take the ABDO professional qualifying examinations to become a registered Dispensing Optician. Your career prospects are very good. Dispensing Opticians are employed in the following areas: in an ophthalmic practice as a Dispensing Optician, in hospital eye clinics, in prescription houses, in frame and lens manufacturers and with ophthalmic instrument manufacturers and suppliers as sales representatives. There is also the possibility of you becoming self-employed. *PLEASE NOTE - THIS PROGRAMME IS UNDERGOING PERIODIC REVIEW/REAPPROVAL IN THE 2019-20 ACADEMIC YEAR FOR DELIVERY FROM 2020-21. Periodic Review is a monitoring and review activity undertaken by all universities/colleges delivering HE programmes. Any changes to the existing programmes as a result of this process will be fully communicated to all applicants as soon as possible after conclusion of the reviews.

Course details


This two year, part-time level 6 only course is a Top-up from the FdSc Ophthalmic Dispensing. It covers the Level 6 Modules of the BSc (Hons) Ophthalmic Dispensing course. This course covers all part of the ABDO syllabus, delivers the core competencies of the General Optical Council and will prepare you to successfully take the ABDO professional qualifying examinations to become a registered Dispensing Optician. You will need to register with the General Optical Council (GOC) and the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO). There are additional fees for the ABDO professional examinations. Modules Covered Ophthalmic Business and Retail Reflection on Professional Practice Research Methodology and Proposal Research Project Clinical Patient Management Management and Leadership for Dispensing Opticians.

Assessment method

A wide range of learning methods is employed alongside independent study to build on and increase your knowledge. The course includes formal lectures, practical sessions and small group seminars. You will be assessed by a range of diverse methods including: practical reports, written course work and timed examinations. Assessed grades are subject to external moderation.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • British Dispensing Opticians, Association of
  • General Optical Council

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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Five GCSEs including Mathematics, English and Science at Grade C/4-5 or above.

FdSc Ophthalmic Dispensing required for entry to this BSc (Hons) top-up.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

If in employment with a GOC registered Optical Practice, an Enhanced DBS Certificate for the Child and Adult Workforce obtained via the employer will be acceptable. Otherwise, you will be required to apply for a DBS Certificate via Bradford College.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8750 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8750 Year 1
Scotland £8750 Year 1
Wales £8750 Year 1

Additional fee information

Bradford College is committed to delivering quality, affordable degrees. We work hard to cut the cost and not the corners on our undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses. The tuition fee rate per year is fixed for the duration of the course providing there is no break in study. You will not be asked to pay these fees up front, as you should be eligible for loans to cover the tuition fees and assist with living expenses from Student Finance England. However, please ensure that you have made your application and secured funding for your course prior to registration.
Ophthalmic Dispensing* at Bradford College - UCAS